A simple quick sketch...but I have been through so much heartache to get to the point of sketching this... as I could only find the first page and the last six.... but finally tonight after two nights of searching I have been able to reunite all the pages- the cover has long gone! The book is a 1924 edition of Gene Stratton Porter’s Her Fathers Daughter owned by my Great Great Aunt Lena.
Gene Stratton Porter is practically unknown in Australia in my generation but mum had these old books(all the popular GSP books) that she gave to my sister and me to read when we had read every LM Montgomery book in existence (by the way The Blue Castle is the BEST!!!!!) I much prefer GSP to LMM as a rule.
This book has a MAJOR problem in that it is extremely racist (unbelievably anti-Japanese which might be kinda historically interesting but rather distressing to read in a girls novel) but despite that strand of the plot, I LOVE the rest of the book and it is my favourite GSP book (when I re-read I skip those racist bits) The heroine Linda is plucky (love that word) and goes on adventures in the canyons collecting desert vegetables and fruit for interesting recipes and sketches and the hero Peter is building a dream home and is so nice. One architect is the villian and the other architect is a female and incredibly talented. Does this sound like a book I would find some interest in? (by the Linda doesn’t drink tea!..well I don’t think so... Maybe I need to re-read it again)
Anyway... This book is precious because I never expected that any one would re-publish it... About 10 years ago, thanks to Amazon, I got copies of all the other GSP books so I could start sharing them with my friends...alas no reprint of this book. Today, I discovered that someone has republished it so guess what has ended up in my cart! Another WONDERFUL book of Aunty Lena is “Paddy-the –next-best-thing” by Gertrude Page – talk about obscure...but it is great. As I re-read it a lot it is falling to pieces too- so sad!!!
This is part of the Everyday in May challenge - drawing something every day in May. A group of us thought it would be fun to do a Everyday Matters (EDM) challenge each day using EDM 1-31. The list is here